TSIN Mini-Grants – Sponsored by TVA


The 2016 TSIN Mini-grant Program, sponsored by the Tennessee Valley Authority, is designed to fund STEM learning projects in Tennessee classrooms and schools. Since 2012, TVA has given back more than $1 million to advance STEM activities in Tennessee, including this latest $60,000 gift to the Tennessee STEM Innovation Network to fund these classroom grants.

“The Tennessee Valley Authority understands that excellence in education is the key to our future,” said TVA vice president Justin Maierhofer. “We support initiatives like the STEM schools that develop a talent pipeline for TVA and its customers.”

About the Minigrants:

Eligible applicants are teachers or school administrators in grades K through 12 in schools located in Tennessee.

Grant funding may be used to purchase STEM instructional materials and equipment, which must then become local school resources.  Some examples of allowable STEM instructional materials and equipment include: a) Science and Engineering kits (FOSS, DELTA, Engineering is Elementary, etc.);  b) Books or ebook licenses for teachers and students; c) Instrumentation for classroom use such as balances, microscopes, cameras, math manipulatives, rock samples, magnifying glasses, beakers, etc.;  d) Technology for classroom use such as Chromebooks, scientific calculators, GPS units, weather stations, etc.  Please note that the allowable materials and equipment eligible for request are restricted to EXCLUDE: a) furniture (bookshelves, carts, tables, whiteboards, etc.); b) consumable supplies (crayons, markers, erasers, paper, glue, etc.); and c) cash or gift cards.  Additionally, grants may not be allocated for travel, lodging, transportation, meals, salaries, food, general office supplies, sports, or educational activities unrelated to STEM.

Grants may be requested in the following amounts: $1,000, $2,500, or $5,000

The application window opens October 12, 2016 and closes November 11, 2016.

Congratulations to our 2016 TVA Minigrant recipients! A formal announcement can be found here


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